Trinidad and Tobago is the 12th Carribbean country to receive the vaccines from India

Living up to its reputation as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, a consignment of 40,000 Covishield vaccines donated by India to Trinidad and Tobago landed at the Piarco International Airport on Tuesday night.

“The Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, which were donated by the Government of India, landed in Trinidad and Tobago on the 13th April, 2021 at 10:22 pm,” a tweet from the Ministry of Health, Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago said on Wednesday.

Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Arun Kumar Sahu handed over the consignment the vaccines to Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Amery Browne.

According to a news report, the Indian High Commissioner called upon all Trinbagonians to believe in science and take the vaccine on their turn. He said that India and Trinidad and Tabago share a similar history, culture and a democratic value system.

This donation was a demonstration of the years-long friendship, Ambassador Sahu was quoted as saying.

New Delhi began the Vaccine Maitri Initiative to supply life-saving vaccines to neighbouring and friendly countries in January.

Carricom countries or the bloc of Caribbean countries have received the Made-in-India Covid19 vaccines supplies under grant since early February. Trinidad and Tobago is the 12th country in the region to receive the vaccines from India.

The Carricom bloc has a total of 15 countries.

The Carricom countries that India has supplied vaccines to, so far, are - 100,000 vaccine doses to Barbados, 70,000 to Dominica, 80,000 to Guyana, 50,000 each to Jamaica and Suriname, 40,000 to Trinidad and Tobago and 40,000 each to Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and Grenadines, 25,000 each to St. Lucia and Belize and 20,000 each to Bahamas and St. Kitts & Nevis.